[tor-talk] Many more Tor users in the past week?

Roger Dingledine arma at mit.edu
Tue Aug 27 07:08:44 UTC 2013

Hi folks,

Check out
(for posterity, the longer-term link will be
https://metrics.torproject.org/users.html?graph=direct-users&start=2013-05-29&end=2013-08-27&country=all&events=off#direct-users )

The number of Tor clients running appears to have doubled since August 19:

And it's not just a fluke in the metrics data -- it appears that
there really are twice as many Tor clients running as before:

There's a slight increase (worsening) in the performance measurements:
but it's hard to say if that's a real difference. So while there are a
bunch of new Tor clients running, it would seem they're not doing much.

Anybody know details? It's easy to speculate (Pirate Browser publicity
gone overboard? People finally reading about the NSA thing? Botnet?),
but some good solid facts would sure be useful.


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